Kansas Expocentre Set to Upgrade Facilities with Daktronics Displays

Daktronics Inc (Nasdaq-DAKT) of Brookings, S.D., announced that it will design, manufacture and install an integrated scoring, timing and video display system in the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kan.

In early July, the South Dakota-based company will ship nearly 20 displays that use industry-proven light emitting diode (LED) technology to the entertainment venue in central Topeka.

The focal point of the Expocentre’s new system will be two Daktronics LED video displays, wall-mounted on either side of Landon Arena and each measuring almost 10 feet high and 17 feet wide. These displays will show video replays, arena messages and event information to the 10,000 fans inside the arena, which is home to the Kansas Koyotes indoor football team and Topeka Roadrunners ice hockey squad.

“Daktronics has been great to work with,” said H.R. Cook, General Manager of the Expocentre. “From sales personnel to project management, it has been a seamless operation. We have been looking at this type of upgrade for a few years, and Daktronics has matched up the technology with what we can afford and still have the impact to the patrons and community.”

Event promotion and facility sponsorships will also be receiving a boost this summer, as Daktronics will be installing a double-sided outdoor LED video display measuring approximately 7 feet high and 13 feet wide in the Expocentre’s marquee structure on Topeka Boulevard. This display upgrade will provide the facility with an increased ability to showcase upcoming events and advertiser information.

“The addition of the video displays at the Kansas Expocentre will produce an exciting atmosphere for attending patrons and will have an immediate impact on the overall presentation and production of sporting events,” said Brady Jacobsen, Daktronics Sales. “Daktronics is very excited to work with the staff at the Kansas Expocentre. We are looking forward to the completion of the project and the positive effects that will come with the inclusion of the LED video displays.”

“The displays have been a huge recruiting tool for our hockey team,” added Cook. “They were all over it. We’ve told them that if you play in Landon Arena, your face will be nine feet tall. It’s put us way ahead of other facilities this size in our area. Our patrons have been to bigger arenas and seen the new technology; they never thought it would come to Topeka, but now it has.”

In addition to the larger displays, nine smaller, auxiliary video displays that will measure approximately 3 feet high and 11 feet wide will soon inform and entertain football and hockey fans in the Expocentre. The facility plans to use these smaller displays to show scores, updates from sports leagues, news, event information and advertising to patrons inside the arena.

Daktronics will also be providing new scoreboards, game clocks and goal lights to the facility.

About the Kansas Expocentre

For nearly 150 years, crowds in Kansas have flocked to Topeka to witness exhibitions on agriculture, Midwest music and family fun. Starting in the late 1980s, the Kansas Expocentre has hosted thousands of concerts, sporting events, conventions and its regular fair schedule. In addition to being the home of the Koyotes and Roadrunners, the Expocentre also hosts the Kansas State High School Rodeo Finals and the Shawnee County Fair.

About Daktronics

Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is the world’s largest supplier of, large screen video displays, electronic scoreboards, computer-programmable displays, digital billboards, and control systems. The company excels in the control of large display systems, including those that require integration of multiple complex displays showing real-time information, graphics, animation and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and services display systems for customers around the world, in sport, business and transportation applications. For more information, visit the company’s World Wide Web site at: http://www.daktronics.com, e-mail the company at sales [at] daktronics.com, call (605) 697-4300 or toll-free (800) 325-8766 in the United States or write to the company at 331 32nd Ave. PO Box 5128 Brookings, S.D. 57006-5128.

For more information contact:
MEDIA RELATIONS:
Mark Steinkamp
Marketing Manager
tel (605) 692-0200
e-mail Mark.Steinkamp [at] daktronics.com

Source: Daktronics